Jessica: That you can’t really see, you know?
Sooyoung: I mean, which girl would like that?
Yuri: Let’s just decide on one choice. Sandals with socks are a definite no.
Sunny: Then let’s be a little more specific. Sandals with toe socks are a definite no.
Complex: [Laughs.] Okay, it has become more lenient, but why do you think fans of Asian pop have this notion that idol stars shouldn’t date?
Hyoyeon: I want to ask that, too. Why?
Sunny: I guess because idols are usually young, and many of them have innocent and lively appearances. So I guess it’s difficult for many people to imagine them dating. And I also feel like many people consider idols to be their girlfriends or boyfriends. Not only do we not want to shatter their fantasy, but also idols, including us, we’re too busy to actually date. I think we can start dating, or fall in love when we’re ready. Maybe after we’re satisfied with our goals.
Complex: Jessica, do you agree?
Jessica: Yeah, yeah. We all have boyfriends, you know? Guy friends.
Complex: Okay, I’d like to take this opportunity to clear up a misunderstanding. Sooyoung, do you remember the comment: “Shake a tree in Apgujeong and 10 Sooyoungs will fall out”?
[Ed note—The comment appeared in a previously published Complex article describing Girls’ Generation. The statement made headlines in multiple Korean media outlets, and hosts of a popular variety program, Radio Star, asked Sooyoung about the description when she appeared on the show.]
Complex: We didn’t mean to offend you in anyway. What we meant to say was that there are a lot of attractive women in Apgujeong [a section of Seoul].
Sooyoung: Oh, yeah, I understood it as such.
Tiffany: Wow, you’re really honest.
Sooyoung: The only questions that boggled my mind were, “How can such a tree exist? What kind of seeds would it need?”
Sooyoung: I was just joking. [Laughs.] I’m sorry.
Complex: If Girls’ Generation didn’t exist, what would you guys be doing right now?
Taeyeon: I guess it’d be different for everyone.
Sunny: Most of us would be students, no?
Jessica: Yeah, I guess we’d be studying. Probably take a year off, do an internship, and then go study abroad.
Tiffany: But since we all started doing this at such a young age, I don’t think we can imagine ourselves anywhere else. And this is where we wanted to be.
Taeyeon: Some of us were trainees since we were in elementary school. So, truthfully, it’s even difficult for us to imagine.
Complex: Then please tell me a happy instance, and a sad moment, since becoming a popular k-pop star.
Taeyeon: Personally, I’m happy that my current position as a celebrity allows me to gain so much support from various people. But at the same time, it’s sad that so much of my personal life and opinions have to get exposed to the public.
Tiffany: I think we can all agree.
Sooyoung: The sense of responsibility that comes along with the exposure…
Taeyeon: Yes, certainly there’s a big pressure of feeling accountable for our behaviors.
Sooyoung: You want to give back the love the public have for you. And as a result, you have to be held responsible for your actions. It was a dilemma for us before, but now we just look at it like, “They support us because we’re doing what we love to do.” The passion and urge we displayed initially is why they liked us from the beginning. We believe doing our best is the only way for us to repay those who love us.
Complex: Does the Girls’ Generation use any forms of social networking outlets such as Twitter or Facebook?
Sooyoung: Even if you do see an account under our name, it’s not us.
Tiffany: We’re definitely at an age where we want to keep in touch with our friends, and most importantly we want to keep in touch with our fans. That’s one thing we’re very disgruntled about. I think there are pros and cons. The fact that we’re not on social networks gives us a different aura, since we’re unreachable.
Taeyeon: If we were allowed to use social networking outlets like Twitter, we’d probably be too active. Truthfully, I don’t even know how to follow people on Twitter. I don’t know how to use it. I’m completely lost. But if we do come across using it, we’ll probably go all out.
Complex: Sadly, the average lifespan of an idol group isn’t long. Are there any plans for you guys after Girls’ Generation?
Tiffany: We don’t intend on ending it. We just don’t.
Sooyoung: If we have to choose a certain occupation, then maybe becoming a mother?
Tiffany: I guess each member will pursue something that fits her, but we’d like to maintain the title as Girls’ Generation.
Complex: Are there any new k-pop groups you guys are checking for as possible competitors?
Taeyeon: Honestly, we really enjoy watching music programs and checking out all the new artists.
Complex: Which group do you guys think will blow up?
Taeyeon: That’s difficult to tell, since there are so many.
Seohyun: I think each group has qualities that are worth noting. Since all of them are so different. We check them out, and think amongst ourselves what parts of their performances or songs are good. Some have great visuals, while some have great music. If anything, we try to learn from them, instead of seeing them as competitors.
Complex: Girls’ Generation’s debut was a turning point, which somewhat sparked the recent influx of young trainees spurring up across Asia. Any advice you guys want to give to those up-and-coming talents?
Jessica: I hope they’re not dedicating their time and effort just to become famous celebrities. I hope what they’re doing is something they truly enjoy. That’s the only way to prevent regrets from happening.
Seohyun: There has to be a set goal. Don’t just vaguely chase after something that’s glowing. You need to know what you like, what you want to achieve, and what makes you happy. That’s the only way to keep yourself focused from diverting off to other paths.
Complex: Finally, what’s the next step for the Girls’ Generation?
Tiffany: World domination.
Yoona: More so, world tour. We’re currently doing the Asian tour. And once that’s over, if possible, I’d like to see us go on a world tour.
Taeyeon: Expanding our legacy to outer space!
Sooyoung: Oh, gosh.
Tiffany: Currently, we’re promoting our group album, but we’re going to slowly start pushing our solo work. I think it’d be great to showcase to our fans, how strong the girls are as individuals. And when we come together as one, we’re just shinier and stronger.
Complex: Yeah, like Wu-Tang. You guys can come together like Voltron.
Tiffany: Yeah…That’s kind of how I always imagined us.